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Paralegal apprenticeships embraced by profession

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  • I believe that there are ILEX qualified staff working in over 60% of the top UK 100 firms (as defined in the Lawyer's list)...

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  • @ Anonymous | 15-Dec-2011 5:06 pm

    ILEX has been, is and always will be (sadly) looked at through the bottim end of most lawyers' noses. With the current lack of TC's out there want-to-be lawyers are better off this way...

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  • You know, sometimes this debate is so sterile I wonder whether it is worth responding. But here goes…
    If your boss is a legal executive, perhaps as a departmental manager or partner, are you really going to be disparaging, even if you are a solicitor or barrister?

    No, I thought not.

    Actually, implying that other lawyers ‘look down’ on legal executives is insulting to those many solicitors who cultivate all talented members of staff. So let’s not hear any more of this nonsense.

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  • What has this article got to do with ILEX! I swear legal execs are so paranoid about the status of their job title they try and get it in everywhere! I know I know ILEX is great - whoopdedo but seriously give it a rest - this story is about paralegals hence the title!!

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  • yep- but the point is that paralegal apprenticeships thus far have comprised ILEX qualifcations. So that's what it has to do with ILEX.

    Glad you agree ILEX is great.

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  • How has it compromised ILEX qualifications? They're completely separate routes, and the paralegal apprentice might get ILEX qualifications later. This is about setting national standards to make sure apprentices are not just photocopying and fetching coffee! Seriously you are all paranoid!!

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  • On the subject of paralgeal qualification, I support it wholly as a close member of my family was dealt with by a parlaegal in his divorce and she messed him around so much it used up his legal aid. So on reflection and to add to the above debate I do wish he'd been assigned a Legal Exec as they do have a very thorough training system in place (having researched it myself) which may well have saved him much grief and gained him a better deal out of it. I do not mean to besmirch all paralegals in any way, but I do honestly feel that with practical legal training (such as the Level 6 ILEX qual or a TC) she would have done more than just keep trying to agree to everything his ex-wife wanted, which included so many lies many are still on the record. To my current knowledge Joe Bloggs from the street can walk in with any form of law/related degree and be a paralegal, so formal qualification would in my eyes at least bring them mroe equal to ILEX.

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  • What the ****. May I suggest you read Noel Inge's post again. He said paralegal apprenticeships thus far have COMPRISED ILEX qualifications (not compromised). So that it what it has to do with ILEX - it is very much involved in this.

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